We traveled 15 miles from False Pass to fish near Sanak Island, where hundreds of cows, left from the inhabitants of an old cod saltry, still roam. The houses on the island have been deserted for 30 years, but their interiors remain intact – as if their occupants had intentions to return. We looked into the old schoolhouse. There was still writing on a chalkboard and damp grammar workbooks piled on the tables. We hiked through the village and find cow skulls left over from a hard Aleutian winter, and a cemetery where headstones are marked with familiar Aleut family names. Three brown shaggy cows watched us as we rowed our inflatable raft from their beach back to the Lucky Dove, anchored in their bay.
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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.